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Old 07-30-2017, 06:25 PM   #1
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280 rinker cruiser ,, thinking about going to Catalina but nervouse ,, any thoughts
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:30 PM   #2
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What aren't you confident about?
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:56 PM   #3
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Well I just did 3 hour run from delta to sf ,, all in all it was really good ,, now want to make the run to Catalina ,, no radar on boat ,, gps yes ..radio yes ,, single inboard ,, just nervouse I don't know anything about that Area ,, where do I tie you up when I get there things like that where to launch I'm coming from Northern California don't know the marinas down there that can accommodate an F3 50 with a 36 foot trailer and a safe place to leave for a few days so on and so on ����
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Trailer to Marina Del Ray. Great parking lot and plenty of room to launch
About 30 miles to Catalina.
We like Two Harbors but Avalon is pretty awesome too.
There is mooring balls you basically tie off to. You're get charged by the day.
You access shore by either your own dinghy or they have water taxis for like $2 per person
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:28 PM   #5
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Thank you wetbootie
You think 30 footer if little rough be ok ,, and do they sell fuel out there and can you pump off ,, and how do you tie off if you you don't have kayaks or something
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I've made the run from Newport and San Pedro many times. I wouldn't sweat about your boat not handling it, as long as it's in good working condition, just pick the weather (and remember to account for any marine layer coming in especially without radar). It does swell up occasionally in the shipping channel but don't sweat that unless you're with real newbies.

Just head over to Avalon and (a bit rusty here) but you call the harbor master and they will tell you what mooring you can take. I believe it's still first come first serve if you want to save money but can book online? for a fee. They (if I remember) will guide you to the mooring if you just show up.

Then you just use a boat hook to grab the line and tie off to it. It really is pretty easy. I think for a first timer it's normal to be nervous. Worst case, if you don't get a res'v, you head over and if you can't get a mooring, then head back. Would at least be a good test run.

I wouldn't run at night without radar, personally, but many have.

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Launch in LA Harbor or Cabrillo for shortest trip over. Very likely one of the easiest trips you'll make.
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Thank you ,, pump out or gas over there
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Complete facilities at Avalon.
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Yes. On the gas and pump out at Two Harbors
The harbor patrol monitors channel 9 at TH and Avalon is ch 12 I believe.
Radio the harbor patrol when you get close to your destination. They will come to your boat. You will get assigned a mooring along with a ticket that as soon as you get tied off, you'll need to call and pay.
Bring a pair of work gloves for you and who ever will be grabbing the mooring pole and line. There's barnacles and slime on the lines that will cut you.
Let the harbor patrol know if you need help since it's your first time. They are very accomidating and customer service oriented.
We like TH over Avalon as it's a lot more laid back and slower pace. They have a general store and a restaurant and bar. Avalon is way more touristy and busy. I find Avalon more stressful when I need to moor there.
https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/...arine-services
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Thank you for the info ,, really helps a lot from a guy trailer down from chico ,long trip just want to be prepared ,,
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So you just have one line for mooring not a back line
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Leave out of Long beach, Newport or Dana. Go early because the winds pick up after noon and it will be really choppy. You use their moorings - lines are provided fore and aft.

How to pick up a mooring at Catalina
http://www.sailorschoice.com/Catalina/cat-tips.htm

You tube video on how to moor at Avalon.

Now watch the video again and pay attention and stop looking at the girl.
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Lol ,, thank you
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So if I go all they way uot there and no spot what do I do travel on to next harbor
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You may be directed to an anchorage.
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So if I go all they way uot there and no spot what do I do travel on to next harbor
What day would you be arriving? We usually arrive on a Thursday or Friday and have never not been able to get a mooring.
Obviously, the later on Friday you arrive the more difficult it could become to secure a mooring.
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Thursday ,,, so you been out there and you can't get a mooring ???
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Sorry read it wrong ����
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It's this or long drive to Washington to cruise the San Juan islands lol
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